History

Horrigan Cleaners, Inc. is truly a family owned and operated business. Throughout three generations, Horrigan Cleaners has been a fixture in Greater Gardner. Most family members experienced their first jobs at the cleaners. The family, entrenched in the community, is known for its involvement in and support of local business and social organizations.

Horrigan Family decorates the truck for Memorial Day Parade
The Horrigan family and the company truck, all decked out for the Memorial Day parade. (circa 1930s)

How it all began

Horrigan Cleaners, Inc. was founded in 1921 by Thomas C. Horrigan. The dry-cleaning shop was located in a small outbuilding in his backyard in Gardner, Massachusetts. In addition to the shop in Gardner, there were drop-off locations in the towns of Winchendon, Athol and Orange.

In the 1960s, the main dry-cleaning plant was moved to Central Street in Gardner. Thomas (Tom) J. Horrigan operated the business through the 1990s. Local folks still remember Tom as a fixture at his press in the window of the Central Street plant. Tom became interested in rug cleaning and became the first in the area to purchase a steam-cleaning system in the 1960s. Rugs were originally cleaned in the basement of the Horrigan family home. Later, a truck-mounted portable steam-cleaning system allowed the Horrigans to clean wall-to-wall carpets and upholstered furniture in customers’ homes.

Today the business is owned and operated by Tom’s three sons, Mike, Tim and Patrick. In 1991, the Horrigans built a new, state-of-the-art plant on Pearson Boulevard in Gardner that houses both the dry-cleaning and rug cleaning operations. In addition to dry-cleaning, residential and commercial services include cleaning of  Oriental and area rugs, wall-to-wall carpets, upholstered furniture, and tile and grout.

The three brothers also own Horrigan Premium Laundromat on Pearson Boulevard and Horrigan Flooring Center in Westminster.

Throughout it’s history, the family has been active in local, regional, national and international business organizations.

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